Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics

This course is designed for the veterinary, pre-veterinary, animal science or zoology students to gain working knowledge of the husbandry, and health issues confronting farm animals including horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle in Belize.

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This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize
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Large Animal Veterinary Practices in the Tropics

You will get the opportunity to learn hands-on veterinary examination techniques at working ranches and farms as well as learn about animal agriculture in Belize, including analyzing laboratory specimens in a laboratory. Lectures focus on the selection, nutrition, reproduction and management of horses, beef cattle, goats, swine and sheep. Other topics taught in this course include animal anatomy and physiology, animal agriculture economy, animal diseases and animal research. Students participate in a local animal health clinic, practicing their new skills and assisting in spay and neuter procedures.

In this course you will develop a basic understanding of the role of livestock in agriculture (Belize and globally). The course goal is to expose students to the practice of farm animal medicine and the production systems involved. It will introduce basic concepts and principles of animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics, as well as practical commercial applications, such as ration formulation, disease prevention, artificial insemination, genetic selection, and crossbreeding systems. Labs and field trips to a variety of farms in the area provide opportunities to gain practical experience and a better understanding of the lecture material.

Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.

Winter 2018-2019 session will run from December 26th 2018 to January 7th 2019, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.

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Study Large Animal Veterinary Practices

"I did get into vet school.....

Just so you know, my interviewers ... were completely fascinated by my Belize stories, so that's something you can tell students that come in with hopes of applying to vet school. They loved hearing about our "third world" spay/neuter clinics using zip tie ligatures, doing surgery completely under the use of injectables (no gas), and no autoclaves. My interview went so well, they called me less than a week later to tell me I was accepted! Naturally, they asked me other things, but Belize was the first subject that came up so it was definitely a major stepping stone to get into vet school."

Chelsea VA.

  • Day 1

    Course Introduction and basic suture procedures

  • Day 2

    Large Animal Physical examinations: Horses

  • Day 3

    Hands on practical: Beef Cattle

  • Day 4

    Hands on practical: Dairy Cattle

  • Day 5

    Hands on practical: Horses

  • Days 6 - 7

    Free time with the option of participating in a local spay/neuter clinic

  • Day 8 - 9

    Introduction to animal health and reproduction. Practical experience on a farm

  • Day 10

    Hands on practical: Sheep and Goats

  • Day 11

    Hands on practical: Pigs

  • Day 12

    Presentations and final exam

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

    APVMA Scholarship

    C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad